Learning Chinese is such an amazing experience.
Samuel & I were suppose to start a few weeks ago, but then I realized, with the wedding stuff going on, there was no was I was going to learn/remember anything.
We started this past week.
We go 2x a week for 2 hours each time.
And it is sooo cool.
At first the fact there there are 4 tongs messed with my mind. You can say something in a wrong tong ( accent or extension or shortening of an ending or vowel) and it changes the meaning COMPLETELY.
Such as the time I called my teacher a rat, because I extended the word too much.
Or the fact that ball, tree, and the verb to be, all sound ridiculously similar to my american ear. But now that we are practicing, I am learning to differentiate.
It is sooooo cool!
And of course, Samuel is a natural. The teacher loves him.
Back to the tong. I thought it was unfair for the language to do that to foreigners. ( I know, self-centered american thought) But when I got home and got to thinking about it...we do the SAME THING!!!
Think about it.
Shoe, chew,shoo, and even jew, may sound similar to foreign ears.
So once I got over my pity party, we are running with everything we've got!!!
So come on over and I will speak some chinese to you. And hopefully, if you are an american, you won't hear my mistakes. :)